India needs to win every game to have any hope of progressing to the semi-final

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Virat Kohli Knows About His Removal From ODI Captaincy Just One And A half Hours Before The Announcement
Virat Kohli Knows About His Removal From ODI Captaincy Just One And A half Hours Before The Announcement

November 5

India needs to win every game

India will play with Scotland today. Have to win the Match. Not only this one, they will have to win rest matches.

It had lost first two matches- one against Pakistan and the next one was against New Zealand.

After two losses at the start of the Super 12 stage, India’s tournament hopes are hanging by a thread.

India won the match against Afghanistan with over 60 plus run difference, which helps it to improve the run rate.   Indian openers helped set up a 200-plus total, with all of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya among the runs.

India will have to also improve the run rate further besides winning the match. Scotland beat Bangladesh like team in their opening fixture and coming through the first round undefeated. They haven’t had a win in the Super 12 stage. However, they showed plenty of fight in the previous game against New Zealand to give them a scare. And they are eager for the rare chance to show what they can do against a top side such as India.

India have batted first in all of their games so far, and had the worst of the dew while bowling in the second innings. The dew factor could come into play again in Dubai. The stadium has hosted afternoon games over the last couple of days, with the surface being good for batting. It remains to be seen if the conditions change drastically under lights.

India brought in Ravichandran Ashwin in place of the injured Varun Chakravarthy for the Afghanistan game. Ashwin, in his first white-ball game in five years, had fantastic figures of 2/14, and will likely keep his spot. There are still questions about Hardik Pandya’s fitness to bowl, which will give India a much-needed sixth bowling option. The team will likely continue to be flexible with their batting order as per the match situation.

Probable XI: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (capt), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

Scotland will rue the loss of pace bowler Josh Davey, who is ruled out of the tournament with a groin injury. Batter Michael Sole has been approved of his replacement.

While they may not make any changes to the batting, they will want their top order to build on starts and maintain partnerships – something they have struggled with at times.

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Probable XI: George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer (capt), Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington, Michael Leask, Matthew Cross (wk), Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Safyaan Sharif, Alasdair Evans, Brad Wheal

 

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